yoopidou, we actually think it was a Coywolf (coyote / wolf hybrid - it's a real thing). Coyotes usually hunt in groups, but this guy was solo. It was also gray, which is not usual coloring for a coyote. Smaller than a wolf, but a LOT bigger than a coyote. Had a wolf face and a coyote tail. It came right up to our patio, we got a pretty good look at it.
My 9 year old used to enjoy sleeping in the yard on the trampoline but that won't be happening again.
What a dangerous outside where you live!
Alwaysinmyroom, the cranes do look time consuming but they are beautiful.